Anyone who has tile or natural stone flooring, backsplashes, countertops or bathroom fixtures has realized that grout cleaning can be a full-time job. This is particularly true if you have a busy household where people are constantly utilizing your natural stone or tile surfaces and causing stains and discoloration to the grout and tile.
You have also probably tried to solve the dirty, dingy grout problem on your own. However, after a few hours of scrubbing with a toothbrush without covering a lot of space, you probably became frustrated and simply gave up. If you find yourself in this situation, all you need to do is hire a company that uses a professional-quality grout steam cleaner.
How Grout Gets Discolored
When the grout has not been sealed, it will naturally trap all kinds of organic and inorganic materials. Over time dust, floor-cleaning products, oil from the bottom of your feet, stuff on the dog’s and the cat’s paws and all the things your kids bring in will eventually work their way into the grout.
These types of dirt and grime are much more visible in lighter-colored grouts. As light-colored grout is very popular on counters, backsplashes and in bathrooms, this often leads to a dull, yellowed or discolored look, even when the tiles themselves are shiny. Unfortunately, the products you use to clean the tiles and natural stone may be contributing to the dingy look of your grout.
The Steam Advantage
With new technology, a grout steam cleaner is able to heat steam to temperatures as high as 180° F. Much less vapor or water needs to be used at this temperature to remove the dirt and stains.
The machine is passed over the tiles and forces the very dry steam into the grout without any chemicals that may be harmful to your natural stone surfaces or tiles. There is also the benefit or advantage of removing tough set-in stains and loosening the dirt that may lie beneath the surface.
The use of a grout steam cleaner for bathrooms and food preparation areas is also important to consider. The steam will kill bacteria and mold and can help prevent that musty odor that can sometimes occur in these areas.
Finally, using a steam cleaning process without any chemicals means it is safe to use even when people in the family or the building may have respiratory issues or concerns. It is one of the best options for any type of grout cleaning, and one that can be completed by professionals as part of your natural stone or tile cleaning service.